I was browsing around and found this tag which was created by Princess of Paperback. It seemed appropriate especially with the current state of the world, where I presume most of us are still for the most part spending quarantine at home as best as we can. So without further ado, my answers to the Stay At Home Tag!
1. Laying in Bed – book you could/have read in a day
The last book that I read in a day was Miracle on Cherry Hill by Sun-Mi Hwang. This was actually a book that I had to read, so that I could write a short review on it but I ended up being glued to the book until I finished it the next morning.
2. Snacking – guilty pleasure book
I don’t really have any guilty pleasure books that I read.. Every book that i’ve read at the time that I read them – for the most part, I wanted to read. I’m not the biggest re-reader, so there aren’t really any books that I go to back to because i find them guilty pleasures, if i do go back to them, it’s because it’s a pleasure to do so.
3. Netflix – series you want to start
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – There are only two books in the series so far, but the author has written other series so if I end up liking this one then it might lead me to try out some of those. A colleague of mine loves her writing and as someone who doesn’t read young adult fiction any more, she recommended that I give this one a go. It’s now on my long but slightly shrinking TBR list.
I’m also currently giving The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher a go, there are 17 books in the series so far and i’m now on book three. I’m really liking the characters and the world building but there is so much violence and dare I say it too much action!
4. Deep Clean – been on your TBR for ages
So many, you wouldn’t believe it. I literally have a pile as tall as me (i’m around 5’7) in my bedroom of books that I have yet to read. Some of the oldest books on my shelves are probably the one or two books I decided not to read for a university class.
5. Animal Crossing – book you recently bought because of hype
Hmm, i’m not really a buy a book because of hype person anymore. There are times that I do but the most recent I remember buying because so many customers at the bookshop I work(ed) at always gush about, is Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. I guess you can also count YOU by Caroline Kepnes, the TV show was getting a lot of buzz, so I watched and really enjoyed it (it’s fantastically creepy and for some bizarre reason – that i can’t actually describe you – end up rooting for the antagonist). So on that alone, I decided to buy the book.
6. Productivity – book you learnt from or had an impact on you
This might seem like a weird one, Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. It didn’t change my life or anything but it was the first time in a while, whilst reading a book that I felt like I fully understood a character (Danny Torrence). All the decisions he made, his motivations. his weakness’, everything. It’s got the characteristics of a bildungsroman – which is one of my favourite types of books and there was a genuine sincerity to King’s writing. I remember reading the last chapter and feeling sad but happy that Danny’s story was ending – his character arc felt entirely complete.
7. Facetime – A book you were gifted
My brother bought me The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan a while a go, I started but I haven’t gotten around to finishing it – it’s the type of book where I need to concentrate as there are so many facts and bits of information that I want to remember. As of now it’s sat on my TBR pile.
8. Self Care – what is one thing you have done recently to look after yourself
This whole pandemic has really tested me. I think i’ve now gotten to some level of acceptance that life at least for a while will not be the same again. Recently i’ve taken to cooking, from going out to the supermarket, picking out ingredients and cooking it. It really passes the time and i’ve made some pretty good food (in my opinion 😀 )
BONUS – Name an upcoming book that you’re looking forward to.
Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith, to be published on the 15th of September 2020.
❝ Troubled Blood is the next thrilling instalment in the highly acclaimed, international bestselling series featuring Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott, written by Robert Galbraith, a pseudonym of J.K. Rowling.❞
I’ve read the first four books and have been really enjoying the series so far. This instalment is (in hardback form) 944 pages! I have no idea what kind of crime novel needs that many pages, but I hope it’s just as good as the others!
If you feel like giving this tag a go, consider yourself tagged!! 🙂
Hope you’re all keeping safe and are doing well!